Switzerland and the USA have reached agreement on mutual recognition of each other’s standards for organic products. Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann signed the equivalence arrangement negotiated between the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) and the United States Department of Agriculture yesterday in Washington. The arrangement facilitates trade in organic products. It comes into force with immediate effect.
Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER, will travel to the USA with a business and scientific delegation between 5 and 10 July. The aim of the visit to California, including Silicon Valley, and to Washington is to deepen cooperation, particularly on innovation and vocational training, as well as to strengthen economic relations with the USA.
On 24 June 2015, the ‘geo.admin.ch’ eGovernment project was awarded 2nd place in the category ‘Best eGovernment Project 2015’ in the prestigious international eGovernment competition. The competition has been the benchmark for eGovernment activities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for 13 years.
When recreational boats are transported overland, they are often accompanied by zebra mussels, attached to the hull. This alien species, which first appeared in Switzerland in 1960, can thus invade other natural waters. An Eawag study which identified the main transport routes recommends various preventive measures that could at least slow the spread of invasive species. Meanwhile, quagga mussels have also been detected for the first time in the Rhine at Basel.